Dr Tomas Bokedal

Dr Tomas Bokedal
Dr Tomas Bokedal
Dr Tomas Bokedal

BA, MDiv, MA (University of Gothenburg), ThD (Lund University); DipHE (Sahlgrenska Academy), DipHE (Chalmers University of Technology), PGCert (Gothenburg Psychotherapy Institute)


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School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
King's College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB
United Kingdom

School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History


Dr. Tomas Bokedal holds a doctorate from Lund University, and was previously Lecturer at the Lutheran School of Theology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Educated in New Testament studies, theology and hermeneutics, Dr. Bokedal’s primary fields of research concern Christian origins and the relation of ‘Scripture and Theology.’ His approach to these topics involves research into the transmission of the gospel tradition, the technology of early Christian communication, the canon and canonical criticism, papyrology/codicology, textual and ritual theory, Pauline theology, early Christian confession, and patristic exegesis.

Recent article in The Conversation: What was the first Bible like?


  • Docent New Testament 
    2024 - Lund University 

Internal Memberships

  • BD and BTh Admissions Selector
  • Programme Co-ordinator, MTh in Biblical Studies
  • MTh Dissertations Co-ordinator
  • DHP representative on the KPI Senate Working Group
  • Mentor, The UoA Staff Mentoring Scheme
  • Personal Tutor

Current Research

  • The emergence of the scribal system of nomina sacra
  • The Rule of Faith in biblical interpretation
  • The New Testament homologia and early Christian confession
  • The notion of justification in the Book of Romans
  • Pre-Pauline christology
  • Use of the Old Testament in the Synoptic Gospels
  • Jesus' baptism and early Christian baptism
  • Orality and literacy, and the transmission of the gospel tradition
  • Various aspects of New Testament canonisation
  • Scripture in the second century
  • The hermeneutics of H.-G. Gadamer and New Testament interpretation
  • The concept of revelation in Søren Kierkegaard
  • Søren Kierkegaard on the God-relationship and the healing of the self

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  • Revelation: What Forms of Authority, and to Whom?

    Bokedal, T.
    T&T Clark Companion to the Theology of Kierkegaard. Gouwens, D. J., Edwards, A. P. (eds.). Bloomsbury T&T Clark, pp. 279-298, 20 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Book Review: Formation of Religious Identity in the Holy Land–An Academic Introduction

    Bokedal, T.
    Expository Times, vol. 130, no. 9, pp. 423-424
    Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
  • What was the first Bible like?

    Bokedal, T. J. M.
    The Conversation
    Contributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
  • Bibeln i funktion – om kanon, kyrka och tradition

    Bokedal, T. J. M.
    BV-Förlag & Församlingsförlaget, Gothenburg. 165 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Canon/Scripture

    Bokedal, T.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
  • Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken: Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart. By Oda Wischmeyer, et al., eds. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016

    Bokedal, T.
    Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 122-123
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Bibelläsaren som förändrade världen. Om Martin Luther som bibelteolog – bibelöversättare – bibelutgivare. By Rune Imberg. Församlingsfakultetens småskrifter, 5. Göteborg: Församlingsfakulteten i Göteborg, 2017)

    Bokedal, T. J. M.
    Hälsning, no. 4, pp. 10-10
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Skrift och kanon i luthersk/protestantisk resp. romersk-katolsk tradition

    Bokedal, T. J. M.
    Begrunda, no. 1, pp. 4-16
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Kierkegaard's Concept of Faith. By Merold Westphal. Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014

    Bokedal, T. J. M.
    European Journal of Theology, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 80-82
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Jesus the God-Man: The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals. By Darrell L. Bock with Benjamin I. Simpson. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016

    Bokedal, T. J. M.
    Expository Times, vol. 128, no. 6, pp. 303-304
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
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